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Politics White House clarifies Trump-North Korea 'call'

02:10  06 march  2018
02:10  06 march  2018 Source:

North Korea willing to talk to US, South Korea says

  North Korea willing to talk to US, South Korea says North Korea is willing to hold talks with the United States, South Korean President Moon Jae-In said in a statement Sunday. The South Korean leader said he'd met with the North Korean delegation that's in Pyeongchang for the closing ceremony of the Winter Games, and told them that North Korea-US talks should happen "as soon as possible."Moon said the North Koreans indicated they were willing to talk with the US, and agreed that "the inter-Korean relationship and North Korea-US relationship should develop together."Developing story - more to comeCNN's Sophie Jeong contributed to this report.

  White House clarifies Trump-North Korea 'call'

WASHINGTON — The White House said Monday that Donald Trump had been referring to a call with South Korea's leader when he appeared to suggest a landmark direct contact with the nuclear North.

Trump raised eyebrows at a Washington media dinner on Saturday when he said "they, by the way, called up a couple of days ago and said 'we would like to talk.'

"And I said, 'so would we, but you have to de-nuke, you have to de-nuke,'" Trump added.

A senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that Trump had in fact been referencing a call he had on Thursday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Pyongyang is the Korean peninsula's only nuclear-armed power, prompting speculation of rare direct contact between US and North Korean officials.

Moon has prodded Trump toward negotiations, and has met North Korean officials himself.

Trump has taken a more bellicose position, suggesting military action is possible if North Korea does not stop efforts to develop a nuclear armed missile capable of hitting the continental United States. 

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